Our Hearts Go Out To The People Of Sri Lanka

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Colombo, Sri Lanka  2006

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© David Katzenstein
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OPENING ACT: Access to Theater Art

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Breaking through the fourth wall, Opening Act works with New York City’s most under-served public schools by providing students with the opportunity to gain confidence, pride, and the knowledge that they can succeed at anything in life.

In 2013 David Katzenstein received an invitation to create a portfolio of fine art photographs to help enhance awareness in support of Opening Acts’ development goals. 2018 was a banner year for the organization. Photographing the performers, writers, and host of contributing artists for last years’ gala presentation of Hear Me Here directed by Kenny Leon, formalized the students’ experience through fine art photography. Transformative and inspiring, this project continues to enhance Opening Act’s efforts in ways we never dreamed possible. We are thrilled to participate with this organization on an ongoing basis.

Please join us in honoring the incredible students, artists, and supporters of Opening Act as we celebrate their 19th year of success at their Annual Gala on April 2, 2019, at New World Stages in New York City.

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© David Katzenstein

INTRODUCING HEP ONLINE

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Join us in celebrating The Human Experience Project!

Shining a light on joy, education, and service our goal is to create visual

narrative content supporting mission-based organizations, institutions, and individuals

who inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge and strengthen our communities.

Click here to view HEP Volume One

We look forward to hearing from you!

David + Gay

(To learn more, please visit our site The Human Experience Project)

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© David Katzenstein

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Washington, D.C. – 2017

“It has been frequently remarked, that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country to decide, by their conduct and example, the important question, whether societies of men (and women) are really capable or not, of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend, for their political constitutions, on accident and force.”

― Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Papers

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© David Katzenstein

THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE: Politics & Protest

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International Women’s Day – New York City 2017

This series of portraits of women were taken on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, when women all over the world celebrated International Women’s Day in many different ways. In New York City the festivities began at noon in midtown Manhattan, on the corner of 59th Street and Fifth Avenue. As the organizers spoke the crowd continued to stream in from different directions, carrying signs and chanting in unison their solidarity with women’s rights everywhere. Spirits were high as women congregated with signs in groups, cheering on each speaker. At the conclusion of the rally, the organizers announced that all participants should now march along Central Park South towards the Trump Hotel. That is where the event morphed into a 1960’s style protest documented in the next series.

To view more Politics & Protest Click Here

© David Katzenstein

ALL ARE WELCOME?

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Times Square – New York City

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
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© David Katzenstein

¡Viva México!

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Tepoztlán, Mexico

For all the World Cup fans in North America, we are rooting for our southern neighbor México to continue its impressive run as it enters the next rounds. By cheering for this team we can also show our humanity and support during these difficult times.

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© David Katzenstein

WELCOME TO AMERICA!

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Old Orchard Beach, Maine 2017

Last summer while working on a project about Old Orchard Beach in Maine I came across this wonderful family, recent immigrants from Somalia, Africa. When I spotted them amongst the bathers I asked the father if I could take a family portrait. They were recent arrivals to the United States, probably through the process of political asylum. They stood out on the crowded beach, and it made me proud to live in a country where immigrants are welcome.
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© David Katzenstein

THE WELLING COURT MURAL PROJECT

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Long Island City, Queens

Public arts access and education lie at the cornerstone of The Welling Court Mural Project. Bordering the Ferry Landing and the Ravenswood Houses in Astoria, New York, the Mural Project sprawls through the neighborhood and epitomizes the ethos of collaboration, galvanizing residents, business owners, and community members in a universally recognized cultural movement. Future documentation of the changing murals and urban landscape coupled with artist profiles and scholarly analysis will work to increase awareness and firmly cement this enclave’s status as an important cultural destination.
In October 2017, David Katzenstein and Gay Feldman began an ongoing collaboration with the project director and founder. Our efforts will help realize the production of commercially viable products and catalog, providing a limited income stream that will support the ongoing mural project.
Click here to view and read more about The Welling Court Mural Project
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© David Katzenstein

DISTANT JOURNEYS: Cracks in the Wall

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Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel – 11:07:13 AM 
The custom of placing written prayers and wishes at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem began about 300 years ago, and over a million notes are placed each year. For this series, Katzenstein zoomed in on the cracks between the stones where pilgrims to the sacred site deposit their folded pieces of paper. The images are displayed not in a linear form, but in a timeline form (created between 10:43-11:08 on the morning of November 30, 2017). It is not only a tactile study of stone and paper but also one of changing light as the sun began to cast directly on the wall in the later images. It is also important to note that The Dome of The Rock, an Islamic shrine located on the Temple Mount, sits on the plateau directly above the Western Wall.

To see the entire Cracks in the Wall series click here

© David Katzenstein